Urinary incontinence (UI) is so rarely discussed that you may feel like you’re the only one dealing with it. The truth is there are more then 17 million people in the United States that have occurrences of bladder control issues daily. The statistics are eye-opening – it is a significant health problem in the United States and worldwide and has a substantial economic and social impact on people and our society.
Millions of women (and men) experience unintentional loss of urine called urinary incontinence (the involuntary leakage of urine) (UI). The severity of urinary incontinence ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that’s so sudden and strong you don’t get to a toilet in time. For some women, the risk of public embarrassment keeps them from enjoying many activities with their family and friends. Urine loss can also occur during sexual activity and cause tremendous emotional distress.
Stress incontinence may happen when there is an increase in abdominal pressure — such as when you exercise, laugh, sneeze, or cough. Urine leaks due to weakened pelvic floor muscles and tissues. Physical changes resulting from pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause often cause stress incontinence. This type of incontinence is common in women and, in many cases, can be treated.
Incontinence occurs because of problems with muscles and nerves that help to hold or release urine.
Pelvic floor muscles, the vagina, and ligaments support your bladder. If these structures weaken, your bladder can move downward, pushing slightly out of the bottom of the pelvis toward the vagina. This prevents muscles that ordinarily force the urethra shut from squeezing as tightly as they should. As a result, urine can leak into the urethra during moments of physical stress. Stress incontinence also occurs if the squeezing muscles weaken.
Holistic Treatment Options for Stress Urinary Incontinence
Pelvic Floor Exercises – Kegel Exercises or just Kegels help to strengthen the urinary sphincter and pelvic floor muscles – the muscles that help control urination, when one exercises regularly. Kegel exercises are especially effective for stress incontinence, but may also help those with urge incontinence.
To make sure you are doing Kegel exercises correctly you can use Kegel Exercise Equipment with biofeedback.
Biofeedback uses measuring devices to help you become aware of your body’s functioning. By using electronic devices or diaries to track when your bladder and urethral muscles contract, you can gain control over these muscles. Biofeedback can supplement pelvic muscle exercises and electrical stimulation to relieve stress and urge incontinence.
Acupuncture is another method that has provided symptomatic relief for some women. It helps tone muscles and increase blood flow to the bladder. It can boost the immune system, soothe inflammation, and restore balance to the hormones.
Pelvic physical therapy – includes relaxation training, external and internal massage and other exercises to increase strength in the pelvic floor.
Changes in lifestyle – some lifestyle changes may help reduce the severity of incontinence, regardless of the type. These may include:
• Cutting down on caffeine consumption.
• Consuming more fluids if the doctor determines the patient is not drinking enough.
• Consuming less fluid if the doctor determines the patient is drinking too much.
• Losing weight.
In Chinese medicine, the bladder is related to issues of anger and control.
Incontinence can sometimes be a physical manifestation of some deep-seated fear or worry that weighs us down. It’s often related to anxiety or anger about losing control. Understanding our hidden fears and anger or reluctance to “let go” can be a powerful remedy in dealing with incontinence. Many women have found relief with the different Emotional Release Techniques that can help heal physical conditions through the release of emotional blockages. Because the brain and the bladder are intimately connected, it only makes sense to approach incontinence on both fronts.
Pilates and Pelvic Yoga Exercises — These two forms of exercise specifically target the strengthening of your core and can have amazing results with the pelvic floor. Most of us don’t think of strengthening and toning our vaginas like we do our abs or triceps! But, in fact, any exercise that strengthens your core will help you improve pelvic floor strength.
A wonderful added benefit of Kegels – pelvic floor training- and vaginal muscles exercises the increased sexual pleasure in both sensation and orgasm. (Male partners are happier too!)We encourage every person, who suffers from involuntary loss of urine (UI) before going through any serious medical procedure listed below, to do all possible Holistic Treatments or Practices, listed above.
Be patient, don’t give up. It takes just 20 minutes a day. You may not feel your bladder control improve for 3 to 6 weeks. Still, most people do notice an improvement after a few weeks. It is worth it.
Remember, that your physical and emotional health is in your hands. Finding ways to strengthen your core foundation can help more than just physically; it can help you open yourself to life change.
Our Women Health and Happiness Programs are the part of our “Awaken The Goddess Within” Women Club, is a great place to start your path to New Enlightened You.
But, if you’ve tried everything and you still can’t go out for an evening without worrying, you may want to consider other types of medical treatments for Stress Incontinence:
Vaginal Devices – the plug is inserted into the woman’s urethra or a rigid ring a woman inserts into her vagina and worn all day.
Injections for Stress Incontinence – a variety of bulking agents, such as collagen and carbon spheres, are available for injection near the urinary sphincter.
Surgery for Stress Incontinence – surgeons have developed different techniques for supporting the bladder back to its normal position. The three main types of surgery are retropubic suspension and two types of sling procedures.
Retropubic suspension uses surgical threads called sutures to support the bladder neck.
Sling procedures – something is inserted into the neck of the bladder to help support the urethra, this could be a strip of tape made of polypropylene.
Colposuspension – the bladder neck is lifted.
Artificial sphincter – an artificial sphincter (valve) may be inserted to control the flow of urine from the bladder into the urethra. As this procedure has a serious risk of side effects it is only recommended if nothing else has worked.
Surgery is usually an option if other therapies have not been effective.
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